Stalemate

A poem

Linda Laino
Aug 1, 2019 · 1 min read
Photo by ᴊᴀᴄʜʏᴍ ᴍɪᴄʜᴀʟ on Unsplash

The truth is,
I am afraid of you.
I detected a squirm under
my skin but I
failed to listen I
am failing at a lot
of things lately such as sleeping
through the night like an easy
baby or keeping the dishes
clean like a surly teenager.
Intermittent stress and sloth I guess.

I also failed to
listen that night you
showed me part of who
you are, it lit me
up like a drunken lamplighter
trying to beam some sense
into my cells where all the red flags
were waving but they waved
goodbye seduced by the light
procession tunneling
from your eyes.

Promises piled up with
your hopes of a savior:
uncooked meals,
discarded opportunities
lost in translation.

This failure reeks of some stale
behavior that I’ve seen before
like a sad deja vu
replaying its familiar scene.
Whose laying the mines
you or me?

Like a hunted animal you
step hesitant through
the trap you made
fearing detonation.

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Linda Laino

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Artist/Poet attempting to make sense of the world through words and images. www.lindalaino.com

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Linda Laino

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Artist/Poet attempting to make sense of the world through words and images. www.lindalaino.com

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Stories that matter. Emotion first and foremost.

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